Widow of NBA great Kobe Bryant sues helicopter operator for fatal crash

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Kobe Bryant's widow is suing the company that owned the helicopter that crashed last month killing Bryant his daughter and seven others the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Vanessa Bryant came as thousands of mourners packs this course packs staples center Los Angeles for an emotional memorial honoring the LA Lakers legend Tom Goldman reports a Los Angeles Superior Court confirms a wrongful death lawsuit has been submitted the suit claims island express helicopters allowed the aircraft with nine people on board to fly in unsafe conditions the crash happened in cloudy foggy weather near Calabasas northwest of LA the lawsuit claims pilot error so Bryan who also died in the crash didn't properly assess the weather before taking off and failed to abort the flight when he knew conditions were worsening the national transportation safety board continues its investigation into the crash the NTSB has ruled out engine failure but is not expected to reveal the accident's probable cause for months Tom Goldman

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